Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Village Life in the CIty

A village with hundreds of apartments that are continuing to be built. It is quiet though, so that at least is village like. And it has green space and the river, so I think it would be a nice place to live. But not really a village!


Sunday, 4 April 2021

Cats, Cats, Cats!

The saga of Oliver and his new friend continues. He comes round every day to scavenge whatever food he can find, and although we are not encouraging him, we are not chasing him away either as he is Oliver's friend. If we see him come in we go over to the kitchen and he goes out, but he usually comes late at night or early in the morning, and unless we shut the flap then we can't stop him. I presume he goes back to his house in the daytime to sleep and eat there. There is not usually much food left lying around, just biscuits, so he is not eating much. Often one cat will appear before the other one, which implies that they are going around the area together. It is so strange! They do have little spats, but it is not serious fighting, more like play fighting and chasing each other. Cassie has not reacted to him in the way she did to Oliver. She just looks at him and he ignores her. Lily has seen him a couple of times, but doesn't seem interested. Andy has called him Eddie. He pretends to be Oliver saying, in a deep northern accent, "This is me son Eddie. He's alright." 
A slight stand-off last weekend. 
His little golden bell.
He is a cutie!

Here is Cassie taking advantage of a sunny spot by the sink.
And Lily fast asleep on a blanket I found in a skip in Northumberland years ago. 
And last of all, this is Ollie mesmerised by the screen saver on Andy's portable DVD player. He sat there for ages moving his head round watching it bounce from edge to edge, occasionally trying to touch it with his paw! 


Thursday, 1 April 2021

Back to the Foreshore!

Under the jetty. It looks pretty creepy I think but it isn't. It is a secret world. The tide was very low and on that part of the foreshore there is a way to get right down to the water, with solid parts and things to hold onto, unlike some parts where it is an expanse of mud that I don't trust. The mud on this part is mainly solid clay with large lumps of stone to stand on too. I didn't find much but I loved being back there. Nobody else was on the beach apart from a dogwalker right down the other end. 

A boat from the yacht club with three purposeful looking men. I practised my zooming and tracking skills!

Some noisy and comical geese. I am not sure if the first two are protesting about the second pair's arrival or greeting them!

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Doll Socks

 After a comment by River, I tried, unsuccessfully, to make some doll boots using a bear foot pattern, like the ones that Racer had on for a while. Then I thought I would try to write a doll sock pattern. I could do the rib, the leg, and would have been able to do the foot and the toe, but the heel turn was making me very confused. It is like a magical thing happens when you do the heel turn, and I could not work out that magic for myself. Luckily there was someone who had, so I used her pattern, but changed the toe to make it more like a real sock. The pattern I used was on Beep Beep blog here. When reaching the end of the foot, this is how I do the toe: 

Round 1) k3, sl sl knit, k7, k2tog

Round 2) k4, sl sl knit, k4, k2tog

Round 3) k4, sl sl knit, k2, k2tog

Finish with Kitchener stitch on the two groups of four stitches. Here is a great guide to Kitchener stitch on Purl Solo.

So, now all four girlettes have their socks, plus the glamorous pink haired girl on the settee, I am going to make some to send to River and other girlettes I know! It will take me a little while but they will be on their way sometime in the next month. 

Here they all are in their new socks!

Madeline, Racer, Minnie and Hope, all very happy with the colours they chose.

I made these first, on 3mm needles, so they are too big for the girlettes. I used 2.5mm ones for them, and thin sock wool.
I have had this bag of small skeins of variegated sock yarn for a long time, and not found a use for them. They are just perfect for doll socks and are really lovely quality. I think they are pure wool. I didn't even realise what kind of yarn they were when I bought them, I just liked the colours!


Saturday, 20 March 2021

Sylvanian Family Wedding

 A royal wedding photographer called Jo Short, and his daughter Juno, created a Sylvanian family wedding and he took amazing photos of it. They were on BBC Breakfast the other day and it made me smile so I thought I would share it. It is only a link as I am probably not allowed to use the photos but it is worth a look! He said on the news, that his daughter told him about her plans for the wedding, and he asked if he could take pictures. She said that unfortunately her brother was going to do that. So he said he hijacked it with the promise of various Sylvanian wedding goods such as a marquee, and took over. They were very funny!

Here is the link to BBC news. Sussexes to Sylvanians: Tiny Wedding shot by royal snapper

Bolly's New Friend

Oliver (Bolly for short) turned up with a new friend this morning! A little cat who could be his brother, or son even! They seemed to know each other, were playing chasing games, and came down to the back door together. The little cat then ate some of the catnip, and looked through the cat flap. I really wish that cats could talk our language so that they could explain themselves!

I have enlarged it so you can see the expression on Bolly's face which is hilarious!


Thursday, 18 March 2021

Journal Pages

At school a few weeks ago, the children in Reception were looking at the art of James Rizzi, an artist I had not heard of before. He was an American pop artist. He came up with the idea of 3D multiples as a way to solve the problem of having to hand in work for painting, sculpting and printing classes, but only having the time to make one set of work. (This is what Wikipedia tells me anyway) So he made hand coloured etchings which he printed twice, and mounted parts of the print on top of others using wire, thus giving it a 3D effect. I love the faces in the windows that he drew. The second picture is the one I started at school when the children were doing theirs. I didn't see the faces pictures until I looked him up at home. 

This paper doll outfit is a photocopy of a doll Linda Sue sent me. I added her head and hair. The faces are quickly drawn with watercolour pens, which I recently bought, despite vowing not to buy more art supplies. But they are so lovely! The hair is watercolour paint. I have been watching Sandi Hester videos and she inspired me. I watch lots of YouTube videos at the moment. I don't know why I didn't before! IT always recommends other channels and she was one of the recommendations-a good one! 
The page on the right is done with gelato crayons. They are water soluble and really soft and creamy to use. The woman is from a magazine and looked much nicer than my version! On the left are colour charts of my new pens. 

 And more colour charts, and more Sandi Hester inspiration-drawing pens I draw with!